Back, back, back!! Did you miss me? The holidays were reinvigorating, a great mix between proper sightseeing, artsy meanderings, shopping, nature and the beach.
Having missed the Tim Burton MOMA exhibit, I went after the next best thing: a Mark Ryden exhibit. Up until now, I’d only seen Mark’s work either through the internet or in art book print form, so the perfect opportunity to see his work up close and live, presented itself in Mark’s new exhibition “The Gay ’90s: Olde Tyme Art Show” at the Paul Kasmin Gallery in New York.
“The central theme of “The Gay 90s: Old Tyme Art Show” references the idealism of the 1890s while addressing the role of kitsch and nostalgia in our current culture. “In the modern era, sentimentality and beauty have been disdained in the art world. This new work explores the line between attraction and repulsion to kitsch, and between beauty and banality.”
Once again, meat is featured in Ryden’s new works, and he explains his recurrent fixation: “There seems to be a complete disconnect between meat as food and the living, breathing creature it comes from. I suppose it is this contradiction that brings me to return to meat in my art. It surprises many people to learn that I am actually not a vegetarian. I don’t think it is morally wrong to eat meat. What I do personally is to try to remain aware of what I am eating and where it came from. I am not trying to preach a moral stance on anything in my art, but I find that juxtaposition of imagery can create a kind of distance and then an ensuing heightening of awareness.”
The show features quite a few prints and sketches and it’s totally amazing, especially Incarnation, which is huge. Also noteworthy, is the intricate and elaborate frames for the main center pieces.
You can check a time lapse video of “Incarnation”‘s making :